Province Donates 50000 to Syrian Refugee Effort

first_imgNova Scotia will donate $50,000 to support the Syrian refugee relief effort, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Sept. 4. “Around the world, there has been an outpouring of grief for the Syrian people and their plight,” said Premier McNeil. “Nova Scotians join in supporting the Syrian people in their time of need and I am proud to offer this support on their behalf.” The donation will be made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “I have encouraged Canada’s premiers to provide financial support and, as well, I hope Nova Scotians who are able will consider donating what they can to the refugee relief effort,” said Premier McNeil.last_img read more

Lebanon persistence of armed groups mars general progress Ban says

While the political stability of Lebanon has continued to “improve markedly,” the ongoing armed posture of Hizbollah and Palestinian militia groups hampers Government control of the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today.“The general improvement of the situation in the country, combined with reconciliation efforts in the region, creates a potential momentum to strengthen the sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon and Government control throughout the country,” Mr. Ban writes in the report, which focuses on the implementation of resolution 1559. He voices concern, however, at occasional security incidents, which he says highlights the proliferation of weapons and armed groups that continue to operate in the Middle East country, in violation of the resolution.Adopted by the Security Council in 2004 amid concern about high tensions within Lebanon, resolution 1559 calls for free and fair elections, an end to foreign interference and the disbanding of all militias.“Hizbollah’s maintenance of a paramilitary capacity poses a key challenge to the Government’s monopoly on the legitimate use of force,” Mr Ban states, adding that recent clandestine activities by the militia beyond Lebanese territory also pose a threat to regional peace and stability. He calls on Hizbollah to cease any militant activities outside Lebanon and to complete its transformation into a solely Lebanese political party, consistent with the requirements of the Taif Agreement that ended the civil war of the 1980’s. “Regional parties, particularly those that maintain close ties with Hizbollah, must encourage it in the same direction,” Mr. Ban adds.He also calls on the Lebanese authorities to take measures to dismantle the paramilitary infrastructure, outside refugee camps, of the Damascus-headquartered Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and Fatah al-Intifadah, saying that Syria has a responsibility to aid the Lebanese authorities in those efforts.Overall, the disarming and disbanding of militias should be achieved through an inclusive political dialogue that addresses the political interests of all Lebanese, and that ultimately confirms the sole political and military authority of the Government of Lebanon, he affirms.Regarding parliamentary elections scheduled for next month, the Secretary-General says that he is glad that the Lebanese leaders have committed themselves to free and fair elections devoid of violence and inflammatory rhetoric.“On 7 June, the Lebanese will have a unique opportunity to express their genuine commitment to democracy,” he said, voicing his hope that an atmosphere conducive to peaceful elections will prevail through the election period and beyond.Noting the approaching 4th anniversary of the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, Mr. Ban praises President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and President Michel Suleiman of Lebanon for their leadership in re-establishing diplomatic relations.“I hope that this achievement heralds an era of renewed cooperation between the two countries in mutual respect for their sovereignty and political independence,” he says, adding that he looks forward to a successful outcome of current discussions on border issues as well. 1 May 2009While the political stability of Lebanon has continued to “improve markedly,” the ongoing armed posture of Hizbollah and Palestinian militia groups hampers Government control of the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today. read more

New UN report says death toll from resurgent malaria is a million

The prevention and treatment of malaria has made progress since 2000, but an annual death toll of 1 million people presents challenges as the mosquito-borne parasitic disease makes a comeback, the first joint malaria report from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says.The report on the disease that claims three times as many African children’s lives as HIV/AIDS was launched today at events in New York, Geneva and Cairo.“This is just my second day at UNICEF, but it makes sense that my first public statement helps make the case for fighting a largely preventable and utterly treatable disease,” Executive-Director Ann Veneman said in New York. “It is a disease that kills one child in sub-Saharan Africa every 30 seconds. The numbers are astounding – and unacceptable.”Insecticide-treated bed nets and new artemisinin-based combination therapies must reach many more people, but “many countries are moving forward with malaria control programmes and even those with limited resources and a heavy malaria burden now have a better opportunity to gain ground against this disease,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said in Geneva.The report estimates that 350 million to 500 million people worldwide contract malaria per year, up somewhat from the estimate of 300 million to 500 million cases annually that WHO has been using since 2001.“Current methods do not allow for a more precise estimate, given that malaria is most often not diagnosed with certainty, as well as the scarcity of reliable data from the communities where it occurs,” WHO and UNICEF say.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets agreed at a UN summit in 2000 to halve or eliminate many socio-economic ills, would halt or reverse the spread by 2015, while WHO’s Roll Back Malaria partnership, founded in 1998, aims to halve the burden by 2010, despite a serious lack of funds.Only $600 million was contributed to global malaria control this year, when $3.2 billion was needed to fight the disease effectively in the 82 countries with the worst burdens, the agencies say.Nonetheless, in the last three years, the number of insecticide-treated bed nets distributed across Africa had increased 10-fold.“Money is not the whole answer. Many developing countries, African countries in particular, need to strengthen their health systems and there is an urgent need for greater investment in research,” Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Roll Back Malaria chief since 2003, said in New York.“We are pleased by the recent surge in funding for vaccine research, but strong research initiatives are needed for developing new medicines and safe, new insecticides.” read more

Media campaign to save North Sea from litter wins UNsponsored award

Jointly sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), the annual award was established in 1990 to recognize excellence in public relations campaigns that address priority issues before the world Organisation.This year’s winner is “Save the North Sea” with Weber Shandwick (Glasgow, United Kingdom) for a European Union environmental awareness campaign, targeting damage caused by 20,000 tons of litter dumped into the waters every year. It characterized birds as turning into “living dustbins”, with 96 per cent of fulmars having plastic in their stomachs. “Save the North Sea” also worked with a group of fishermen in Scotland to cut the amount of marine litter and clean up the sea. Another initiative was a European campaign called “Fishing the litter,” launched on World Ocean Day in 2004.The award will be presented as part of the 2005 IPRA Golden World Awards at a ceremony on 3 November in London.The student group “Profi” of St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Russia, was chosen for an honourable mention for their “Near Caucasus” campaign, which seeks to increase acceptance in the city of people coming from the Caucasus. It has already detected a change in attitudes.After a training session organized by Profi, 43 per cent of attendees compared to 11 per cent at the beginning were interested in learning more about the culture and traditions of the people from the Caucasus. At the end of a conference with community leaders, 64 per cent of participants, compared to 45 per cent at the beginning, expressed an interest in assisting people coming from a different community than their own. read more

As temperatures soar and taps run dry in warravaged Aleppo UN warns

Immediately following his closed-door briefing to the Security Council on the “horrific” humanitarian situation in Aleppo, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told reporters that the fighting is “raging” in Syria’s second city where two million people are now living in fear of besiegement.“I told the Council that we must all be gravely concerned for the safety, health and protection of those terrified civilians. They are counting on us to deliver assistance and end their suffering,” he stressed, pointing out that meanwhile, the targeting of hospitals and clinics continues unabated, seriously jeopardizing the health and welfare of all citizens.Mr. O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said he had also told the Council that attacks this week have also severely damaged the city’s electric and water infrastructure, leaving more than two million residents without electricity or access to the public water network. The water supply that is available through wells and tanks is not nearly enough to sustain the needs of the population.“The networks must be immediately repaired,” he said, warning also that children in particular are at risk of waterborne diseases, especially during the soaring summer temperatures. Food and medicine stocks are running dangerously low.“I reminded the Security Council that the United Nations agencies and our partners remain ready to assist the civilian population across Aleppo. We have supplies ready to roll: food rations, hospital supplies, ambulances, fuel for generators, water supplies and more,” explained Mr. O’Brien, adding that the UN and its partners would continue to use all available routes and mechanisms in that regard, including cross-line and cross-border operations from Turkey. On 5 August 2016 in Aleppo city, Syria, families take shelter in a mosque after the latest wave of attacks. Some families stay indoors, others take shelter under makeshift tents or prefabricated rooms near the mosque’s entrance. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa “We can deliver these within 24-48 hours if we have safe access,” he emphasized, reiterating his call for a fully-fledged ceasefire or weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses – as a minimum – to reach millions of people in need, “safely, unimpeded and without further delay.”Stressing that he had once again asked Council members to do everything they can to help facilitate humanitarian access, he said: “Fighting must stop everywhere. People, are suffering across the country, in Menbij, eastern Ghouta, Dara’a, to name but a few. Politics must be put aside. We must do our duty as fellow human beings, through the privilege we have of serving people under the United Nations flag, to help all those who are now in dire straits.”In a news release, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) echoed the relief chief’s call for a humanitarian pause, saying that while aid agencies are scaling up the emergency response to bring safe drinking water to civilians in the city, urgent repairs to electricity infrastructure are critical as pumping water is the only way to meet the needs of the city’s two million residents. Unless water pumping is restored in the coming days civilians will be forced to resort to unsafe water sources.“Children and families in Aleppo are facing a catastrophic situation. These cuts are coming amid a heat wave, putting children at a grave risk of waterborne diseases,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “Getting clean water running again cannot wait for the fighting to stop. Children’s lives are in serious danger,” she added.Meanwhile in Geneva, Tarik Jašarevic, spokesperson for the UN World Health Organization (WHO), added that the agency’s regional office reporters that according to eastern Aleppo City local health authorities, eight out of 10 hospitals and 13 out of 28 primary healthcare centres are now partially functional or completely out of service as a result of the fighting.“At least six healthcare workers have been killed in Aleppo city in 2016, decreasing a shrinking number of available health professionals. For every one doctor killed or who left, at least 40 Syrians were deprived of medical care every day,” he continued, adding that there were also reports of doctors working so hard that they themselves had cardiac arrests and could not be saved.As a part of the immediate response to the needs in the western part of the city, before the main access had been cut off on 6 August, WHO delivered 92 tons of medical supplies; eight trucks of life saving and life sustaining medical supplies had been brought to the Al Razi Hospital and the Aleppo University Hospital. Another 36 tons have been prepositioned for immediate response to east Aleppo once access was granted. He added that on 6 August, a mobile clinic had been hit in Aleppo. This clinic could care for 3,000 patients per month. Supported by WHO, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), it had been operated by Al-Ihsan Charity and was on duty at the time of the attack. Five civilians were killed and the medical staff that had been injured are now in stable condition. read more

Three Brock researchers capture Ontarios Early Researcher Awards

Creating a device to detect prostate cancer. Determining how and why perfectionism impacts adolescent health. Understanding the process that leads to children forgetting to carry out a future intention.These areas of interest will be pursued by three Brock University researchers thanks to a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.Assistant Professor of Chemistry Feng Li, Assistant Professor of Child and Youth Studies Danielle Sirianni Molnar and Assistant Professor of Psychology Caitlin Mahy have all received funding this year under the Ministry’s Early Researcher Awards program.“These rare and prestigious awards are reserved for early-career researchers whose innovative work is recognized as crucial to the social, cultural, economic and intellectual future of Ontario,” says Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon.“For a university of Brock’s size to receive three awards in one year is amazing and will definitely turn some heads. But it is not surprising to anyone who knows the incredible research talent that Brock has been recruiting for years.”Li and his team of four graduate students will develop a single device that will examine blood and urine samples for the presence of certain proteins and nucleic acids that are present in the early stages of prostate cancer.The device will give results in about an hour. Li previously created a three-dimensional, nano-sized robot that detects disease, which the new device, made out of paper, will read and interpret.At the moment, testing for these proteins and nucleic acids is done separately and requires highly complicated, time consuming and expensive equipment and processes.“You would use this device like you would do a pregnancy test,” he says. “You mix your samples with the 3D robot and load it onto the paper device. You would see coloured strips, just like in a pregnancy test,” says Li.Another huge health concern is an upsurge in depression and anxiety among adolescents, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reporting that the prevalence of moderate to severe psychological distress among Ontario students rose 10 per cent from 2013 to 2015.“There’s a lot of research showing strong links between perfectionism and depression and anxiety in adults, but very little work examining these associations in adolescents,” says Molnar.“Given that one in four adolescents is highly perfectionistic and that perfectionism is on the rise among young people it is important to understand the role of perfectionism in depression and anxiety in adolescents.”Perfectionists set and strive for unrealistically high standards; if they fall short, they are harshly self-critical and anxious. This can occur even if they achieve these high standards, says Molnar.She and her team of graduate and undergraduate students will develop and test a brand-new model of how perfectionism affects adolescents’ physical and mental health. The model will incorporate many factors such as immune system functioning, social connection, family medical histories, gender differences, and healthy eating, sleeping and exercise.Mahy’s prospective memory research focuses on an even younger set of subjects. Her work looks at whether a child forgets to do something because they can’t remember what they had to do or because they do not remember to do it at an appropriate moment.Mahy, along with a post-doctoral fellow, two master’s and one PhD student and five undergraduate students will be exploring this question and the development of prospective memory in children over time, from the age of four to six.Her research will include examining the relationship in early childhood between prospective memory — remembering to do things in the future — and retrospective memory, which recalls past events. The team will also study if certain cues help young children to remember their future intentions.“Prospective memory is such an important skill in adulthood,” says Mahy. “We have to remember to go to meetings, do things at certain times, remember our spouse’s birthday; being forgetful does have a cost.“I see prospective memory as critical in children developing into adults who can function in society.”The Early Researcher Awards program enables new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build research teams.“This is a real game-changer for my lab,” says Mahy. “I don’t need fancy equipment to study what I study; I really need help in the lab. Being able to fund a post-doctoral fellow especially will have huge benefit to us.”For Sirianni Molnar, the funding will pay for student travel to professional conferences. “I had fantastic mentors who always made sure I could go and get these experiences, so it’s great to pay it forward now,” she says.Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi announced March 2 the funding of 289 projects across the province, which fall under the ERAs and two other programs. read more

Beating the odds Former Buckeye Art Schlichter working to put life back

Art Schlichter lost everything. But now, it seems he has found salvation. Since his release from Indiana’s Marion County Jail in 2006, the former 1978-81 Ohio State quarterback who notoriously gambled his way into prison has been slowly putting the shattered pieces of his life back together. He has found work at a local radio station, his record has been clean, and he’s helping others conquer their addictions to gambling. Schlichter’s family, ripped apart by his compulsive gambling, has seen him take a more active role with them now than at any other point in his life. “I have two kids that I love and I wanted to be there for them, but for many years I wasn’t,” Schlichter said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “Now that I am, it feels good. Same with my mother. It’s good to be there for her.” His mother, Mila, who lost a breast to cancer and a husband to suicide, came close to losing her son as well. Once an All-American and arguably the greatest quarterback ever to play at OSU, Schlichter developed an affinity for gambling during college that would spiral beyond his control for the next 24 years of his life. During his college years, he was often seen at Scioto Downs racetrack, placing bets to relieve himself of the overwhelming pressure that comes with being an OSU quarterback. “Gambling is excitement,” Schlichter said. “People get involved with it because it’s fun and takes their mind off of what they’re doing at that point. Yet, they don’t realize how devastating it can be if it’s done the wrong way or if that person has a propensity to be an addict.” He left OSU as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, with 7,547, a record that still stands. When Schlichter was selected fourth overall by the then-Baltimore Colts in the 1982 NFL Draft, the struggling organization expected him to restore the team to its past glory. But when he received his first paychecks, the money left his hands faster than a football as he started making high-stakes bets on major sporting events, including other games in the NFL. Before the end of his rookie season, he had already gambled away his $350,000 signing bonus. Schlichter became so focused on gambling that he did little to prepare himself for the NFL and saw only limited action during his rookie season. His problems made national headlines after threats from bookies forced him to contact the FBI, leading the NFL to discover his addiction. Although Schlichter maintains he never bet on any games involving any teams he played for (including OSU), the NFL still suspended him until the 1984 season. Schlichter’s gambling problems continued after his reinstatement, and the Colts released him five games into the 1985 season. He never played in the NFL again. For the next several years, Schlichter struggled to find work as his debts mounted. Any money he made was put down as action, hoping to win enough money to pay off his debt. His notoriety as one of the biggest failures in NFL history only fueled his addiction. “Gambling was my way of killing the pain,” Schlichter said. “It distracted me from reality. And the more pain you’re in, the more you want to use.” Even starting his own family couldn’t pull Schlichter from his addiction. In 1988, he married Mitzi Shinaver, with whom he later had two daughters, Taylor and Madison. He even found success playing in the Arena Football League and hosting a radio show in Cincinnati. But he lost all of that when he was arrested for writing a bad check that was stolen from his sister-in-law’s bank account. That was the final straw for Mitzi, who could no longer deal with her husband’s problems. She left Schlichter and moved to Indiana with their daughters. Schlichter fell into depression as his mind and spirit seemingly became eviscerated. Alone with only gamblers and his demons as company, he contemplated suicide. “You get suicidal thoughts when you feel like there’s nowhere else to go,” Schlichter said. “Any addiction brings that on at some point. Everybody that goes through an addiction has thoughts of just wanting the day to end and not have to deal with it anymore. I was one of those people and I’m not alone.” He continued to gamble, hoping to alleviate the pain he had caused everyone around him. After the FBI raided his home in search of stolen money in 1994, he was sent to prison. He started gambling almost immediately after his release in 1996. “Anytime you go back out, you think you can conquer it,” Schlichter said. “Gambling is a lot of lies. It doesn’t get better. It can only get worse.” Schlichter spent most of his freedom like he did during his stint in the NFL, dodging authorities like they were blitzing linebackers. And as was the case in the NFL, he couldn’t avoid them. Between 1994 and 2006, Schlichter spent more than 10 years in 44 prisons, losing an estimated $1.5 million. The two years of “freedom” were highlighted by two awful experiences. The first was the suicide of his father, Max, whose body was found in a swimming pool in 2002. The second was after prison guards caught him gambling on college basketball in 2004. Schlichter was punished with solitary confinement, where the loneliness brought on by years of self-inflicted mental wounds tortured him for four months. “You really don’t have anywhere to go but death,” Schlichter said. “It’s very depressing, very isolated. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” In 2005, Schlichter lost $20 betting on a basketball game in prison. It would be his last bet. When Schlichter was released from prison in 2006, he stayed at a treatment center in Baltimore before moving back with his mother, who was one of the few people who visited him in prison and supported him during his darkest years. “My mother had to go the extra mile to stay by my side, and that’s one thing she instilled in me,” Schlichter said. “You have to love your kids and be there for them in the good times and the bad times. That’s what I try to do.” In 2006, Schlichter founded Gambling Prevention Awareness, a non-profit organization aimed at helping compulsive gamblers find treatment for their addictions. Assuring confidentiality to those who seek his help, Schlichter offers advice about treatment, prevention and legal action to those in need and their family members. He also regularly attends speaking engagements on behalf of the organization, warning people about the dangers of compulsive gambling. In 2008, Schlichter was hired to cover OSU football by the Columbus radio station 610 WTVN. WTVN Program Director Mike Elliott said that, despite his past, there was little opposition to hiring Schlichter by listeners and station employees. “He came on and was very humble and shared some of his stories in a real raw and honest fashion,” Elliott said. “Once the curiosity factor waned, his football knowledge took over. The guy knows what he’s talking about.” Matt McCoy, sports director for WTVN, who works on-air with Schlichter, said Schlichter’s radio work has not only been helpful to the station, but also to his image. “He’s very natural,” McCoy said. “That’s one of the things that impressed us right away. He’s also won a lot of people over. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. We get that almost weekly.” Schlichter said his transition back to free society has been helped tremendously by the Buckeye faithfuls. “Buckeye fans have been great to me,” Schlichter said. “I’m very lucky to be a part of Buckeye nation. Their support makes me proud to be a Buckeye.” Nonetheless, McCoy said there are always some people who won’t accept Schlichter on account of his past transgressions. “Some people just don’t want to let that go,” McCoy said. “It’s like (former OSU running back) Maurice Clarett. Hopefully he doesn’t slip up. He’s paid his debt to society. Same thing with (Schlichter). There are people with hard feelings who don’t want him associated with the program. My thought is ‘move on.’ Let somebody try to live their life and do it the right way.” Still dealing with years’ worth of debt, Schlichter fears that casinos built in Ohio will ruin the lives of others like him. In the months leading up to last year’s passage of Ohio Issue 3, Schlichter and his mother made several commercials opposing the bill. Although he’s not opposed to gambling, Schlichter said he believes Ohio Issue 3, which plans to offer 2 percent of its revenue to the state to pay for gambling prevention and addiction programs, will not do enough to help prevent compulsive gambling. “My concern is about what it’s going to do to help those gamblers who are hurt,” Schlichter said. “I don’t think the issue is written well enough to do that.” Schlichter is also concerned about the exposure gambling has received in recent years. TV broadcasts of poker tournaments and the development of online gambling will lead to disaster, he said. “I think gambling is going to become an epidemic in our country with all the outlets these days,” Schlichter said. “It’s much more exposed than it’s ever been.” As for his family, Schlichter visits his daughters in Indiana as much as he can. He said he maintains a fair relationship with Mitzi, even though she has since remarried. He also takes care of his mother, whose health has been deteriorating. Schlichter is confident he can successfully fight the addiction. However, he knows he is forever shackled to the temptations of gambling and that every day for the rest of his life will be a struggle. “I can’t judge what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after that,” Schlichter said. “I’m just trying to get through today, do the right thing and take care of myself and my family.” read more

Womens WCh 2017 – 20 teams are ready to fight for the

Twenty of 24 teams are known for the Women’s World Championship 2017 which will be held in Germany between December 1 and 17. Germany, Norway, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Spain, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovenia are 14 European national teams which will fight for the glory.  South Korea, Japan and China will represent Asia, while Angola, Tunisia and Cameroon coming from Africa.PLAY-OFF WCH 2017:Italy – Serbia 23:33 – 16:34Montenegro – Belarus 33:26 – 23:25Russia – Poland 31:20 – 32:28Romania – Austria 34:29 – 33:24Ukraine – Spain 24:24 – 20:22Hungary – Slovakia 28:19 – 24:24Croatia – Slovenia 23:28 – 28:27Czech Republic – Turkey 29:25 – 31:23Macedonia – Sweden 20:31 – 27:46Draw will be held on June 27 in Hamburg (14.00 hrs). ← Previous Story Hungary, Serbia and Belarus pack for Croatia! Next Story → STRUGA 2017: Chartres, Alingsas, Besiktas and Metalurg for the trophy read more

Key meeting in Brussels to discuss whether AIB BoI costs can be

first_imgTHE EUROZONE’S finance ministers will today discuss the issue of whether the Eurozone’s new bailout fund will be used to help Ireland recover the costs it has already run up by bailing out AIB and Bank of Ireland.The meeting in Bruseels – which precedes a full meeting of the 27 EU finance ministers tomorrow – will debate the prospect of allowing the European Stability Mechanism fund to take a ‘retroactive’ role in banking bailouts.Speaking to reporters before the summit, Michael Noonan said ministers would hold a “dialogue” on the issue, with the views aired by ministers then included in draft guidelines being prepared by the EU.Noonan said the fact that IBRC was now taken out of the equation could make it easier to secure a deal which would see Ireland sell some of its stakes in Bank of Ireland and AIB to the bailout fund, recouping the cash it put in.“There are two words that are being used in the debate, up ’til now,” he said, “‘Legacy’ and ‘retrospective’ or ‘retroactive’. Legacies come when somebody dies… we have sorted out our legacy issues with our bad bank.Retroactive is the concept of applying whatever is agreed to trading banks like AIB and Bank of Ireland to compensate Ireland for the recapitalisations they made when the policy instruments that are now being put in place weren’t available. Noonan said there was a “valid case” for such a deal being reached, and that he would be “pushing the case strongly”.Extension of bailout loans also to be discussedThe two days of meetings – with tomorrow’s meeting of 27 ministers being chaired by Noonan, under Ireland’s EU presidency – will also discuss whether the bailout loans of Ireland and Portugal could be extended.Extending the repayment period would mean Ireland would have to devote less of its annual income to repaying its existing debts – though it would also mean it would take longer to pay off the loans.A similar arrangement was struck in July 2011 to lower the interest rate on Ireland’s bailout loans and extend the repayment period.The European parts of Ireland’s bailout loans have an average maturity date of 12 years, with the first full repayments due in December 2015 and the last in 2042.Noonan said Ireland was hoping to extend the term on its loans by about 15 years each, though he admitted he didn’t anticipate “a disposition” to extend the loans by that much.The Irish minister will hold a series of bilateral meetings with his colleagues on the fringes of the summit to try and encourage further support for the extension of Ireland’s repayment period.Read: Noonan chases Irish version of Greek deal on ECB profitsMore: Noonan: Europe now owes Ireland after ‘taking one for the team’last_img read more

New content coming to the WWE Network this week: Photo Shoot, NXT, Superstars

New content coming to the WWE Network this week: Photo Shoot, NXT, Superstars

first_img Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Facebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles The WWE Network schedule has new content listed for this week which includes a brand new episode of Photo Shoot, a brand new episode of NXT and the debut of a classic 1992 episode of WWF Superstars.Below is a listing of the complete schedule for this week along with program descriptions.Monday, March 18 at 11:00pm ET after RAW it will be a brand new episode of “WWE Photo Shoot” featuring Natalya. The program description is listed as follows: Natalya recounts more than a decade’s worth of highs and lows from her storied sports-entertainment career as The Queen of Harts!Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00pm ET after Smackdown Live it will be a new episode of 205 Live featuring the Cruiserweight Tournament finals.  Scheduled for this episode is Tony Nese versus Cedric Alexander with the winner going on to face Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania.Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00pm ET it will be a brand new episode of NXT UK which will feature Pete Dunne announcing who he will face at NXT Takeover: New York for the UK Championship.Wednesday, March 20 at 8;00pm ET it will be a brand new episode of NXT from Full Sail University in which Triple H will address Tommaso Ciampa and the NXT Championship.Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm ET it will be a brand new episode of “This Week in WWE.”Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 am ET it will be the debut of WWF Superstars from August 29, 1992. The program description is listed as follows: Bret Hart takes on Louie Spicolli. Also featured in action, Ric Flair, Tatanka, Rick ‘The Model’ Martel, and many more!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Triple H Vince Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Now Playing Up Next Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Benjamin Pavard reacts to Bayern Munich links

Benjamin Pavard reacts to Bayern Munich links

first_imgFrench defender Benjamin Pavard admits his flattered by the rumours linking him with Bayern Munich, but insists he remains in the dark over his futureThe 22-year-old made a name for himself at the 2018 World Cup in the summer, where his impressive displays helped France on their way to a second world title.Due to this, Pavard was a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the last transfer window.While the Frenchman remained at VfB Stuttgart in the end, reports in Germany have stated that a deal is already in place for him to join Bayern this summer for €35m.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, Pavard claims to have no knowledge of such a deal and insists his focus lies with Stuttgart at the moment.“I feel well. I don’t know what will happen in the summer yet,” said Pavard on Sportbuzzer.“It’s nice to hear something like that. But I’m focusing on Stuttgart and want to get as many points as possible.”Pavard has featured in all 13 of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga games with the club only 16th in the standings.last_img read more

BREAKING Emiliano Salas plane has been found

BREAKING Emiliano Salas plane has been found

first_imgThe wreckage of the light aircraft in which Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson has been found.After almost two weeks without any sign, the wreckage of the light aircraft that carried Cardiff City’s Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson has been found in the English Channel.According to David Mearns, a marine scientist in charge of the private search, the wreckage of the Piper Malibu aircraft has been detected in the bottom of the ocean.“Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN,” Mearns wrote on Twitter.“As agreed with the AAIB [Air Accidents Investigation Branch] they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala.”“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police,” he added.“The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,” he concluded.The small aircraft disappeared on January 21st while it was traveling from Nantes, France, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.The findings come after authorities gave up after almost four days of search, and a GoFundMe campaign was founded to find the aircraft.Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019last_img read more

One dead one injured in two county motorcycle crashes

first_imgOne person died and another was injured in separate motorcycle crashes Monday afternoon in Clark County.A three-vehicle crash killed a motorcyclist near the intersection of Northeast Padden Parkway and 94th Avenue in the Sunnyside neighborhood, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The crash, reported just before 4 p.m., involved a motorcycle, a car and a pickup. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead when emergency crews arrived.Padden Parkway was temporarily closed between 94th Avenue and state Highway 503, according to Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss. The name of the motorcyclist was not released Monday. A collision involving a motorcycle and a van was reported at 5:25 p.m. in the 17800 block of Northeast Gabriel Road near Yacolt. The motorcyclist was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital by Life Flight helicopter, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Parts of Gabriel Road were closed to through traffic while deputies investigated.last_img read more

This Maharashtra morgue keeps dead bodies in rock salt to bring them

first_imgRepresentative imageReutersBodies of two teenagers were found kept in rock salt at the morgue of a state-run hospital in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon, allegedly to “bring them back to life”. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.The police are verifying the incident and have written a letter to the dean of the hospital concerned.”As the bodies were in the possession of the hospital, we cannot confirm the incident,” said MIDC police station inspector Ranjeet Shirsath. He, however, confirmed to have written a letter to verify the incident.The deceased, both residents of Master Colony in Jalgaon, had drowned in a pond on Friday evening, another official said.”Their bodies were sent for postmortem on the same night but what happened in the hospital’s mortuary is not known,” said the official.The last rites of the teenagers were performed by their family members on Saturday morning, he added.(With agency inputs.)last_img read more

Sad to see cemetery looking so terrible

Sad to see cemetery looking so terrible

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith Cemetery is in a sorry state, and local residents say it’s getting worse all the time. Dense vegetation covers graves and families going to pay their respects to loved ones find themselves having to move rubbish and overgrown grass to get to the tombstones.People are disgusted with the state of the cemetery and would like to know why the premises is in such a terrible state of disrepair.A Ladysmith Gazette journalist paid a visit to the cemetery and was also shocked to see that the majority of graves had not been cleaned.In fact, in many instances, you couldn’t even see that a grave was there, with long grass covering the area and sometimes no tombstones at all.“This should be a top priority for the municipality. Not only are they getting paid to do it, but they need to have respect for the dead,” said one concerned resident who often goes to put flowers on a loved one’s grave. Over the years, the size of the cemetery has been extended and therefore requires a lot of care and attention. People spend money to make the graves of those who have passed on look presentable, only for tombstones to be callously vandalised on a regular basis.Another suggestion many have put forward is that a security guard should be placed at the cemetery to put an end to vandalism and ensure that the area is safer to visit. This is especially the case at night. “I really hope our cemetery gets the attention and care it needs. I know a graveyard is for the dead, but it’s important for the living as well,” added the resident.last_img read more

New 47M fund Fil Rouge Capital is ready to boost Croatias growing

New 47M fund Fil Rouge Capital is ready to boost Croatias growing

first_imgCroatia has not exactly been known for a huge startup scene in the past, and probably the most famous tech company out of there in recent years has been Rimac Automobili, the startup out of Zagreb that created an electric supercar to rival anything Porsche might make. But the technical talent in the country remains high, as is the way with many Eastern European countries, which have a long and deep heritage of engineering and science going back to the bad old Soviet days.Croatia is about to get a shot in the arm, however, with the arrival of a home-grown dedicated VC fund, Fil Rouge Capital, which plans to invest in young entrepreneurs, startups and scale-up companies, as well as establishing a local entrepreneurial ecosystem in Croatia.The fund is fully operational as of last month, having received funding commitments of more than €42 million ($46.6 million), demonstrating a strong interest of investors in the growing startup economy there.Stevica Kuharski, of the firm, says: “Startups need to be given an opportunity, and opportunities are precisely what Fil Rouge Capital brings to Croatia. Startup founders, whose projects are in very early, early and growth stages now have a place to go to for mentoring and financial support.”He says Fil Rouge will invest in a variety of sectors, including software, fintech, marketplace, manufacturing, hardware, IOT and logistics.The fund aims to run over the next four and a half years until the end of 2023, and plans to invest in up to 250 companies operating in Croatia through its three investment stages: “The Startup School” for super-early-stage companies; “The Accelerator Program” for companies that are still early but already up and running; and more full-blown institutional funding-ready companies requiring capital up to €1.5 million.last_img read more

Ekuvukeni residents strike over poor service delivery

Ekuvukeni residents strike over poor service delivery

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Burning tyres and angry chanting was the scene in Ekuvukeni earlier today (Monday) as Ward 5 residents staged a protest against poor service delivery. They gathered around their local municipal offices (Indaka Local Municipality)) and barricaded the streets with tyres and rocks to block municipal workers from entering the building.Aside from what is perceived as bad service delivery, the community is also complaining about certain municipal officials and accusing them of corruption. They are demanding that the mayor fire some “incompetent” municipal employees. Other issues include ongoing projects that never seem to reach a conclusion, such as the road works that extend from the local police station to the KwaGadeni area. One of the protesters, who did not want to be named, told a Ladysmith Gazette journalist that two contractors have been busy on that road, but neither one finished the job. He added that RDP houses need to be repaired. “They said they would fix our houses, but we have been waiting and nothing has been done,” he fumed.Police officers were deployed to the scene to make sure the protest did not turn violent.Indaka Mayor Nathi Mchunu was also there to address the community. Speaking to the angry mob, he said, “I am not responsible for the hiring and firing of municipal staff.” He pleaded with the residents to give council two weeks so they can come up with a solution regarding the matter.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Good news travels fast, especially when the news is you’ve made the team before the first preseason game.“Yeah, I’ve been hearing that,” second-year defensive back Justin Bethel said.What he heard, presumably from others, was what head coach Bruce Arians had told the media earlier, “We know what he can do on special teams” referring to Bethel. “He’s one of those guys. He’s going to be here. He has a resume on special teams that sets him apart from the other corners he’s competing with, so yeah, they’ve got to beat him out.” Bethel, though, won’t forget what got him in the NFL in the first place.“(Special teams) can change the game just like any other phase of the game,” he said. – / 13 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arians singled out Bethel when asked about players who, while they may be very good on special teams, may have to play at their other positions to make the 53-man roster.“Four guys will make the team strictly on special teams,” Arians said. “They may be the fifth safety. They’ll take the fourth safety’s job because they’re that good. They might be the fifth linebacker. They’ll take the fourth linebacker’s job. You’ve got to bite the bullet (on roster decisions) and make sure that your special teams are solid. We’re very good with return people. It’s coverage people that you’re looking for.”Bethel is one of those coverage people, specifically as a gunner on punt coverage.“I try not to even think about it,” he said when asked about Arians’ comments. “Last year, the same kind of thing happened.”What happened was Bethel exploded on the scene, blocking a field goal, a punt (that he would return for a touchdown) and an extra point attempt in the first two preseason games.At the time, then-head coach Ken Whisenhunt called it a “safe bet” Bethel would make the team. He did, as a sixth-round draft pick out of Presbyterian College, a small school in Clinton, S.C.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   “I try and tell people I don’t want to look at (the preseason highlights) and then think, ‘OK, well I don’t have to work as hard. I can get complacent.’ You don’t want to let that complacency set in. I still got the goal of coming out here every day and try and make plays,” Bethel said.And to be known as more than just a special teams guru.“I want to be known for (being) a great special teams player, but I still want to be able to do more for the team just in case people get hurt during the season I can come in. They know they can count on me and there’s not going to be any kind of drop-off in level of play.”Bethel has settled in at the cornerback position — after seeing time at both corner and safety a year ago — and is making good progress, according to Arians, who hopes to use the 23-year-old in dime packages.“I always wanted to play corner because I liked the position,” Bethel said. “With the help of the guys, Coach (Kevin) Ross, Pat (Patrick Peterson), Javier (Arenas) and all those guys, we come out, do 1-on-1s, try and help me fix things that I haven’t really been doing and get my technique better.”last_img read more

The highestpaid linebackers coaches in college football

The highestpaid linebackers coaches in college football

first_imgPREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS: Offensive line | Running backs | Tight ends | Defensive backs | Defensive line | Special teamsOther notes:— Dewitt and Hutzler are also special teams coordinators for their respective teams.— McNeill holds a title of assistant head coach.— Gregory pulls triple duty at Washington, serving as special teams coordinator and Chris Petersen’s assistant head coach. Kwiatkowski was Washington’s defensive coordinator before bestowing that title to Lake ahead of the 2018 campaign. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix As we near the end of the FootballScoop salary series, linebackers coaching salaries proved among the most difficult to find. Every staff has a linebackers coach — many have two — but the majority also serve as defensive coordinator.How much money is there coaching linebackers and just linebackers? A lot, it turns out.As always: salaries based on publicly-available data, primarily from the USA Today salary database.1. Pete Kwiatkowski, Washington — $900,0002. Chris Rumph, Tennessee — $805,0003. Kevin Sherrer, Tennessee — $705,0004. Pete Golding, Alabama — $650,0005. Ruffin McNeill, Oklahoma — $575,0006. Bob Gregory, Washington — $550,0007. Jovan Dewitt, Nebraska — $475,0008. Coleman Hutzler, South Carolina — $475,0009. Seth Wallace, Iowa — $435,00010. Raymond Woodie, Florida State — $425,000last_img read more

Nothing being done to remedy high drugs prices MPs hear

Nothing being done to remedy high drugs prices MPs hear

first_imgMedicines in Cyprus are still among the most expensive in Europe, but though this has been known for some time no remedial action is being taken, MPs heard on Thursday.The House watchdog committee was being briefed on a report prepared by the auditor-general which found that for the 100 most commonly prescribed medicines in the private sector, Cyprus was the fourth most expensive country compared to Germany, England, France, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Greece.What’s more, when adjusted for purchasing power parity, the pharmaceuticals in Cyprus cost more than in the 10 other countries.The same went for the 22 priciest medicines prescribed in the public sector.Health minister Giorgos Pamboridis briefly attended the watchdog committee, but then left to join the health committee that was discussing another matter.The minister later declined comment on the findings, saying he would issue an announcement in about 10 days’ time.The minister’s conduct irked Citizens Alliance MP Pavlos Mylonas, who walked out of the session in protest.“The minister was present for only 10 minutes and then left…these committee sessions have become a travesty, when the officials responsible cannot give us answers or engage in an in-depth discussion,” Mylonas told reporters.In his report, the auditor-general noted the lack of competition in tenders to procure medicines.Disy MP Annita Demetriou said there was considerable scope for cutting prices. One way would be to decrease the commission (currently 37 per cent) given to pharmacists.For the umpteenth time, lawmakers criticized the formula by which medicine prices are calculated in Cyprus.Akel deputy Irini Charalambidou lambasted authorities for failing to address the composition of the committee that monitors the prices of pharmaceuticals.An earlier report by an LSE professor found there was potential for conflict of interest on the committee, as some of its members are from the private sector.Charalambidou said that, acting on that report’s recommendations, former health minister Philippos Patsali had drafted a bill aimed at addressing this particular matter.But for some reason, she added, his successor Pamboridis withdrew the bill on December 8, 2015.A day earlier, Charalambidou claimed, Pamboridis had a meeting with the Association of Pharmaceutical Companies. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more